Advocacy and Enforcement

ShoreRivers advocates for your waterways in a number of ways—developing and influencing state and local policy, lobbying for beneficial state legislation and regulatory change, testifying at bill hearings in Annapolis, working with our county commissioners to effect positive change, and reaching out to our members to call and write to their elected officials. We work on the local, state, and federal level to ensure that laws and regulations reflect what is best for the health of Eastern Shore waterways. 

Our Riverkeepers also regularly patrol our waterways - monitoring river health, identifying pollution hot spots that need to be addressed, and looking for illegal pollution sources. When necessary we take legal action to curtail illegal polluters.

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Recent efforts include:

  • Helping develop and support legislation to protect our oyster sanctuaries
  • Testifying in support of the Phosphorous Management Tool and Poultry Litter Management Act
  • Applying for a No Discharge Zone in the Chester River
  • Opposing in court a major development project in Kent Island’s critical area

Every resident of the Eastern Shore should be an advocate for the health and restoration of our rivers. Add your voice to ours and join ShoreRivers by clicking here to become part of the solution.